Agony is a horror game that sees the player have to (sometimes literally) crawl through a dark, gruesome landscape of blood and madness, fighting tooth and nail just to escape this literal hell. As it turns out, its developer might have been going through a similar process with trying to get the game rated by PEGI.
Having already struggled a lot with several rating boards for the game’s pretty gory depiction of Hell, the game’s developer, MadMind Studio, had to compromise and remove certain scenes from the final version of the game. However, they originally stated that they would be releasing a free patch for the game’s PC release that would restore the game to its entirety.
Unfortunately, it turns out that the planned patch had broken at least one or more codes of conduct on Kickstarter’s end (the method by which the game was funded), and thus the patch has now been cancelled. On the upside, however, the team has managed to negotiate with PEGI and the other rating boards and have managed to work a lot of the content that was originally in the patch to be placed back in the full game. This means that the PS4 and Xbox One’s version of Agony will likely also have the same content as the PC version. In MadMind’s own words on their Steam page:
“Firstly, we have managed to include a lot of things that we originally wanted to provide in the patch in the final game. It has been accepted by PEGI and other rating companies. The censorship now affects only several seconds from two endings (out of seven) and some scenes that may be unlocked only after the end of the game.”
Additionally, it sounds like the team at MadMind Studio are determined that it’s fans will be able to see all the content from the game in at least some form, since the announcement on steam also states, “we will be able to show [the removed footage] to you in a video that we are planning to release soon.”
Considering the game is already one of the most legit terrifying depictions of Hell I’ve ever seen, it’ll be interesting to see what content PEGI had decided to have outright removed from the game.
It needs to be stressed that most of the game managed to get through the rating boards just fine, and a lot of the game remains unchanged. MadMind Studio was even kind enough to include a list of all the things that WILL be in the game:
– Brutal Sex Scenes
– Lesbian and Gay Sex Scenes
– Genital Physics
– Eye Gouging
– Heart Plucking
– Children Heads Exploding
– Setting Fire to Martyrs and Demons
– Intense Violence
– Strong Language
Man, that ‘strong language’ tag sure looks tame compared to the other stuff on the list…
Agony has been released today on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.